Friday 15 December 2017

Sex workers ply trade at the track

Brian McDonald

IT'S worth €60m to the local economy, and certain unscrupulous 'businesspeople' are determined to get their share of the Race Week business.

Galway is being "swamped" by sex workers this week, gardai said, with no shortage of punters ready to play the field.

Most of the stunning beauties are from eastern Europe and are not what you would expect your average prostitute to be.

In previous years gardai have gone under-cover to deter those behind the lucrative trade, and last night they were warning race-goers to be particularly wary of the age-old trap.

"Spending time with these people can be a very expensive business and can cost you your wallet -- or a lot more," a garda spokesman said.

Internet sites and mobile phones were being monitored across Galway last night, but senior officers said that it was extremely difficult to catch those involved.

"They check into a hotel room or an upmarket apartment for a night or two, do their business and are gone to another location.

"It is a business to them and they don't wait around for fellas like us to call on them," the garda spokesman said.

Business throughout Galway for Race Week is marginally down on last year, but still represents a triumph of marketing for city hotels, restaurants and pubs in the recession-hit City of the Tribes.

Following hot on the heels of the Galway Arts Festival, Race Week is second only to the pre-Christmas period for most businesses in the city.

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